Rhode Island NWR Headquarters and Kettle Pond Visitors Center
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 50 Bend Road
Charlestown, RI 02813
The Rhode Island Headquarters and Kettle Pond Visitor Center is one of the most sustainable, yet cost-effective buildings built by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in recent years.
The facility’s sustainability began with sensitive site design. Recycling, energy conservation, and water conservation formed the basis of its sustainable construction. Features contributing to the building’s energy conservation include: super insulation in the building envelope; energy-efficient T-8 lighting and electronic ballasts; and orientation of the building to maximize solar gain and daylighting for reductions in interior lighting. While windows and lights are high-efficiency, they are also standard to the industry, rather than custom, to keep costs down on both original construction and any future replacement. The renewable geothermal heat exchange system provides efficient heating and cooling for a greatly reduced payback period. Low-flush toilets and flow restrictors in the restrooms minimize water use.
The building’s efficiency only improved after opening. In 2011, a 35-kilowatt photovoltaic array was installed on the building. Adding more compact fluorescent lighting also increased performance.
Specifically, the highlights of the site and building design are:
● Incorporated passive solar energy techniques, such as a southeastern building orientation;
● Specified low-cost and "low-E" (Kalwall) windows in clerestories for daylighting to reduce the need for artificial light;
● Installed energy-efficient lighting and ballasts with dimmers to lower energy use and to adjust to exterior light conditions;
● Installed timers on interior and exterior lights to reduce waste;
● Used a geothermal heat exchange system for heating and cooling (distributed energy);
● Installed variable frequency drives on geo-well pumps, which pump on-demand rather than continually;
● Specified super-insulation in the building envelope to save more energy;
● Used low-flush toilets, flow restrictors, and other best management practices to save an estimated 125,400 gallons per year over standard toilets; the number of toilets was reduced to save even more water;
● Installed shielded downlights on all exterior light fixtures to minimize light pollution.
“We are delighted to see the improved energy performance resulting from the installation of a solar photovoltaic system.”-- Liz Dawson, Architect, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Facility Type: Office
Total Floorspace: 14320 sf
Year Constructed: 2005
Contract Type: Multiple Contractor Contracts
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